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IMPRESSIVE DVD

Tuesday, 25 March 2008 12:18 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

IMPRESSIVE DVD

It's an incredible fifty years since the fabulous IMPRESSIONS first came together, and to celebrate, award-winning DVD company Reelin' In The Years Productions are releasing a wonderful collection highlighting some of the veteran group's most memorable moments. Entitled 'Movin' On Up - The Music And Message Of Curtis Mayfield' , the set features over twenty archive clips showing first the IMPRESSIONS, and then MAYFIELD as a solo artist performing a host of their classic titles including 'It's All Right', 'I Need You', 'We're A Winner', 'Superfly' and 'The Makings Of You'. What's more, the performances are linked with exclusive interviews with remaining IMPRESSIONS SAM GOODEN and FRED CASH, the group's producer JOHNNY PATE, MAYFIELD'S widow ALTHEIDA and - most tellingly - Civil Rights Leader ANDREW YOUNG who relates how important the music of MAYFIELD was to the whole Civil Rights Movement. PUBLIC ENEMY'S CHUCK D is also featured talking about the contemporary relevance of the IMPRESSIONS, and to complete the package there's a 28 page booklet which includes rare photos and extensive essays. For a comprehensive review, go to our REVIEWS pages.

 

INDIE SINGLES

Friday, 21 March 2008 13:15 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

INDIE SINGLES

For those who collect indie soul singles there's some decent ones around at the moment. One that's already causing quite a stir is 'Tonight' from an unknown called PEO - though the label adds 'featuring MIRIJAM' We're none the wiser, but the tune's a nifty little dancer that's right on the modern room groove. With hints of classic Drizabone, a lovely piano, swirling strings, a rumbling bass and a cute vocal, the cut's a real sweetie. www.soulwalking.co.uk main man TOBY WALKER put us onto this oneā€¦ the label's Sundae Soul, by the way, and it's available through www.juno.com . CD Baby, though, is the place to pick up POOKIE LANE'S 'Southern Woman' - the lead cut from the one time gospel star's about-to-be-released debut album. The song's a real old fashioned slab of soul and vocally POOKIE has all the gritty attack of ALI OLI WOODSON - no wonder he's toured with DENNIS EDWARDS' version of the TEMPTATIONS. Finally, more of an EP than a single is 'Step Baby' from CORNELIUS MD. On the four-tracker CORNELIUS comes across like a poor man's BARRY WHITE, though the crisp title cut and 'Work That Neck' might get some toes tapping. www.soulchoonz.com is the place to check that one out.

 

GETTING YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT

Tuesday, 18 March 2008 15:36 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

GETTING YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT

By general consent CONNER REEVES is the UK's most underrated soul man. However, that's all about to change with the summer release of the man's brand new album. In the meantime, April will see the download release of the set's outstanding first single - 'If It Gets You Through the Night'. It's a peach of a song with a delightful melody which allows CONNER to fully prove his soul credentials. Add to all that some sweetly layered harmonies and a lovely, almost-hidden piano riff and you have one of 2008's strongest soul tracks yet. For more details go to www.connerreeves.com

 

BUDDY MILES PASSES

Saturday, 01 March 2008 03:11 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

BUDDY MILES PASSES

Legendary drummer BUDDY MILES has died of congestive heart failure aged just 60. Born GEORGE MILES in Omaha, Nebraska in 1947, his musical exposure was instant - his father led the BEBOPS JAZZ BAND and young GEORGE was soon attending shows, and by his teens his skills as a drummer won him gigs with the DELFONICS, OTIS REDDING and WILSON PICKETT. It was at a PICKETT show in Brooklyn in 1967 that he came to the attention of guitarist MIKE BLOOMFIELD who recruited him for his band ELECTRIC FLAG - an ambitious rock-soul aggregation. From there MILES went on to form his own band - the BUDDY MILES EXPRESS - before moving on to join JIMI HENDRIX in the BAND OF GYPSYS. After HENDRIX, he went back to leading his own group, the BUDDY MILES BAND, who cut the best seller, 'Them Changes'. Gigs and session work followed, then, in 1986, a surprisingly lucrative entry into the world of TV ads. He featured on the commercials for the Californian Raisin Authority singing a version of 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine'. In the 1990s MILES worked with BOOTSY COLLINS and in 2004 he formed another version of the BAND OF GYPSYS with original bassist BILLY COX. MILES' death was announced on February 26th.

 

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

Monday, 25 February 2008 05:47 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

The great BARRY WHITE may be gone but his legacy continues as his son, DARRYL D WHITE, makes his recording debut. Los Angeles based DARRYL travelled the world with his father and was encouraged to make a career in music but till now he's performed only for friends and family. However, keen to respect BARRY'S wishes, he's now set to release his first album - 'It Is What It Is!' The set is heralded by the single 'Me Holding You' - an unusual but distinctive mix of old school soul and modern R&B flavours. The song is topped and tailed by the kind of svelte monologue that was BARRY WHITE'S trademark but in between there's a decent ballad with those fashionable, skittery R&B beats - it's a definite grower. The single's promoted by soulchoonz and for more info go to www.soulchoonz.com or www.darrylonline.com

 

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